Advisers React To Trump Attacking Yovanovitch

Yovanovitch public hearing

Yovanovitch public hearing

The allegation that Trump held up almost $400 million in military and security aid to Ukraine, hoping to use it as leverage to pressure the foreign government to announce an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, is central to the Democrats' investigation. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., sought a "point of order", to ask about how the hearings were being conducted.

In the middle of Yovanovitch's testimony Friday morning, Trump tweeted, "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad". President Donald Trump in a subsequent phone call to Ukraine's president called her "bad news" and said "she's going to go through some things".

"Why do you think he was tweeting about her?"

Democrats are seeking to build a case that Trump sought to withhold military assistance and an Oval Office meeting until Zelensky announced investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, as well as an unfounded theory that Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 presidential election to hurt Trump. Yovanovitch said she was "shocked and devastated" that she would be featured in a call between two heads of state in that manner.

As a foreign service officer, Yovanovitch was posted in Somalia early in her career, at a period when the East African nation was in turmoil stemming from a civil war that began in 1991.

She also said that in April she was abruptly told by telephone to return to Washington.

But above all Yovanovitch expressed alarm that envoys could be so easily "kneecapped" by false accusations and corrupt foreign influences.

Yovanovitch added, "What I can say is that Mr. Giuliani should have known those claims were suspect - coming as they reportedly did from individuals with questionable motives and with reason to believe that their political and financial ambitions would be stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine".

Pushing back, Republicans grilled Yovanovitch on Hunter Biden's association with Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president - leading her to acknowledge it "could raise the appearance of a conflict of interest".

More public hearings in the House are scheduled for this coming week.

Sondland told Trump that Zelensky "loves your ass" and "will do 'anything you ask him to, '" according to a copy of Holmes's opening statement obtained by CNN.

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